Athletics: Aberdeen’s Zoey Clark runs 400m PB for the primary time in 4 years to maneuver nearer to World Championships choice
The Aberdeen sprinter, who has competed on the previous two World Athletics Championships in Doha and London, ran 51.22sec to dip underneath the UK Athletics qualifying normal – and rise to second place on this 12 months’s UK rankings.
It’s the first time in practically 4 years Clark has set a private greatest over the one-lap distance. Her time noticed her shave 0.14sec off her lifetime greatest, which she had beforehand set in 2018 on the London Anniversary Video games.
Zoey Clark strengthened her declare for World Championships choice after working a lifetime greatest for the 400m in Geneva on Saturday.
The final time Clark ran in Geneva in 2017, she had solely not too long ago accomplished her research at Aberdeen College and gained her first out of doors British College title.
5 years on – and following her blistering run – Clark mirrored on how she is a unique athlete to the one who had but to run for Nice Britain at a senior stage the final time she competed on the AthletiCA Geneve assembly.
She stated: “It’s been an excellent file for me (in Geneva).
“After I was again there in 2017, I used to be a unique athlete. That was very a lot the breakthrough 12 months for me – I had by no means actually been on the British group at a senior stage, and (worldwide choice) wasn’t actually in my thoughts.”
Clark has actually made loads of progress within the half-decade since her first outing within the Swiss metropolis, with the 27-year-old having represented Nice Britain on the Tokyo Olympics, two World Championships, a European Championships and a Commonwealth Video games throughout particular person and relay competitors – accumulating two worldwide medals within the course of.
She has cemented her place as mainstay of Staff GB’s relay squads, and hopes her newest Geneva show will be the catalyst for additional successes within the coming months.
She added: “I believe final time I used to be in Geneva, I used to be at the beginning of my journey as an athlete at a world stage.
“5 years looks like fairly a very long time, as a result of I’ve performed a lot and been to so many locations since then. It does really feel like a really very long time in the past.
“However as a result of it had gone so properly final time (in Geneva), I hoped (racing there) can be one thing that might begin me off once more – give me that further push and be the beginning of a brand new journey.”
Clark plans to run one other 400m in Bern this night, however after this the main target can be totally on the UK Championships in Manchester.
Performances there’ll go a great distance in the direction of finalising the British group for the World Championships in Oregon, USA, subsequent month.
“Clearly I’m hoping to do properly on the British Championships,” Clark stated. “I do know there are lots of gifted women within the 400m once more this 12 months – there’s 4 of us with the Worlds qualifying time, so not all of us will make that group.